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ElinchromRotalux Octa Softbox (69")
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (13)
  • Reliable (13)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Easy to set up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (20)
  • Photography (17)
  • Strobe lighting (15)
  • Artificial lighting (11)
  • Weddings (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Huge - Wonderful

This box is huge, but creates incredible light. And you can move it quite far back, feather it to death, and still get amazing light.I have read a lot of reviews on Elinchrom...Read complete review

This box is huge, but creates incredible light. And you can move it quite far back, feather it to death, and still get amazing light.I have read a lot of reviews on Elinchrom Octas of various sizes - we have them all now - and I think one mistake is the idea that you disassemble them after usage. Assembly should be once, then fold it like an umbrealla for storage.Assembly: I put these togeher alone - as another reivewer mentioned, this one is done best from inside it - like an igloo. And the size makes it the easiest to assemble because the tension on the arms is fairly loose. Taking it down is best done from inside as well - unless you have freakishly long arms; pop the arms loose, let it collapse, and fold it up.Bottom line: incredibe modifier that provides the smoothest of light.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad quality control?

I received it yesterday and tried to mount the inner diffuser after I had assembled, but couldn't. One of the eight buttons on the inner diffuser is different and larger than the rest,...Read complete review

I received it yesterday and tried to mount the inner diffuser after I had assembled, but couldn't. One of the eight buttons on the inner diffuser is different and larger than the rest, so it doesn't fit into any of the clasps on the octabox. Also, one of the 8 tabs on the octabox is missing a button clasp, so even if the internal diffuser had 8 matching buttons, it still would have been impossible to fully attach the diffuser to the octabox. I'm going to exchange it and hope that I don't get another dud.

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3.0

Bad quality control?

By Leo

from NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

I received it yesterday and tried to mount the inner diffuser after I had assembled, but couldn't. One of the eight buttons on the inner diffuser is different and larger than the rest, so it doesn't fit into any of the clasps on the octabox. Also, one of the 8 tabs on the octabox is missing a button clasp, so even if the internal diffuser had 8 matching buttons, it still would have been impossible to fully attach the diffuser to the octabox. I'm going to exchange it and hope that I don't get another dud.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer Product

By jvaseur

from Las Vegas, NV

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

    This is my favorite softbox period. The quality of light coming out of this is amazing . Although I currently use this with alienbees using the alienbee speed ring, the way it transforms the light is awesome! Build quality is very sturdy and set up is pretty easy, you just have to have patience!

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    5.0

    It's a Monster!

    By Mr. Stubbs

    from Conroe, Tx

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

      This guy is a Monster. Great size with inner and outer diffuser for extremely soft light/shadows. It can light the whole scene in my home studio.

      The initial assembly is a bit tricky. The method I used was to place 4 rods into the center ring in the 3,6,9,12 clock positions. Then stand them up vertically so I could grab the plastic tipped ends in one hand. Then I'd pull up the softbox on one side to line up with one of the rods. Then I cradled 3 of the rods in the crux of my left arm and with the 4th rod in my left hand and the softbox in my right hand I slightly bowed the rod so that it would slide into the pocket. The rods are already slightly bowed, so they can naturally be rotated to line out in the right direction for the curve of the softbox. After the first rod is in, I work the opposite side. I hold the first side that I just did and two of the other rods in the crux of my right arm and with the opposite side's rod in my right hand and the softbox in my left hand I repeat the same process. Once you get the first 4 rods in place, the other four should be relatively easy. After they're all in you just push the rods down until the catch slide into the locking position. If you have a short reach (short arms) you may have to kneel on the softbox to get them all locked into place.

      After that taking the softbox down for storage/travel should be simple. Just unlock the catches and close the softbox like an umbrella. The carrying case is high quality with a rugged base/bottom for stabilizing the ring portion of the softbox and comes with a strap.

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      5.0

      A++++++

      By JR

      from Sneedville TN

      Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

      I love the light from this octa it is absolutely beautiful. Very easy t setup and it folds up like an umbrella. Elinchrom is good quality.

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      4.0

      Rotalux 69" is a winner.

      By Fotografz

      from Franklin MI, and Palm Harbor, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting
        • Weddings

        Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

        Same great build quality and ease of set-up/tear-down as my other Rotalux Octas.

        I'd give it 5 stars IF the optional Profoto speed-ring were made to the same standards as the native Profoto ones I have are made.

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        5.0

        Huge - Wonderful

        By bullmoon

        from ATL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Reliable
        • Smooth Even Lighting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting

          Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

          This box is huge, but creates incredible light. And you can move it quite far back, feather it to death, and still get amazing light.I have read a lot of reviews on Elinchrom Octas of various sizes - we have them all now - and I think one mistake is the idea that you disassemble them after usage. Assembly should be once, then fold it like an umbrealla for storage.Assembly: I put these togeher alone - as another reivewer mentioned, this one is done best from inside it - like an igloo. And the size makes it the easiest to assemble because the tension on the arms is fairly loose. Taking it down is best done from inside as well - unless you have freakishly long arms; pop the arms loose, let it collapse, and fold it up.Bottom line: incredibe modifier that provides the smoothest of light.

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          5.0

          Rotalux fantastic light quality

          By Chezaray

          from Las Vegas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

            I purchase this unit several month ago I use it with my profoto light with Kacey Enterprise adapter, also I did not think that I will be pleased (another softbox) installing is the difficult part after that you are ready to really like this box folding is very easy and opening is as easy ( you must go under the softbox with your head), I dont use the original box to travel with it I use a
            Hakuba PSTC 400 Pro Series Light Stand or Tripod Case - for Light Stands or a Tripod up to 46" Long (Black) that is easier on the unit. My primary usage Portrait and full lenght very soft with both diffusers and more punch with the interior diffuser only.

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            5.0

            Great light modifier.

            By tom

            from chicago

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting
              • Weddings

              Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

              Great soft light from this modifier.

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              4.0

              Huge Softbox

              By Big Mike

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

              • It's A Bit Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

              I'm 5'7 and this is just about my size. Its a job to get it setup for the first time. However, once you do it is breeze to setup and take down similar to a umbrella.

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              5.0

              Pretty Awesome!

              By Rodrigo Donoso

              from Bay Area CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting
                • Weddings

                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                I love this Octa softbox!!! its easy to se and once you add the rods you never have to pull them out and add them again. It breaks down like an umbrella once the rods are added to the speed ring. I love it and the quality is all time. Its alsovery light weight so thats an added bonus if you travel with gear. Could save you some$$$ in baggage fees or shipping!

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                5.0

                Worth Every Penny

                By SeanB

                from Alturas CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good quality
                • Great Value
                • Very portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                  I needed an affordable but effective solution for a larger, even, effective light source. The EL 69" Rotolux is perfect. Good quality, great functionality and a good value. The speed ring fits effortlessly on my Elinchrom monolights and the rotating collar (which can be locked), is a fantastic feature. It's a bit large and takes some effort / patience to put together, but I expected as much and it's something I can do on my own.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Soft Light

                  By airplanes

                  from Billings, MT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Soft Light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                    Great big box for very soft light. Will need a few sandbags for use outside. A challenge to assemble by yourself the first time but I suspect it will get easier with practice. Seems solid. Very portable. I will be able to use it as a backdrop for high key photos.

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                    5.0

                    WOW!!

                    By [@]

                    from Tulsa, OK

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                      Amazing light from this octa. It is very smooth and is easily modified by using or not using internal diffusion, external diffusion, and the interior deflector. You can change the mood of a shot in fifteen seconds!

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                      5.0

                      Amazing

                      By Norah

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                        I have had several issues in the past with unruly softboxes. This is easy to put together and breakdown, and gives a gorgeous, soft, quality of light. I feel it is priced fairly for the quality of the materials from which it is made.

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                        5.0

                        Nice and soft

                        By Nikkor man

                        from Bergen - Norway

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fashion
                          • Photography
                          • Strobe Lighting

                          Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                          Real nice octabox. Since Broncolor don't make octaboxes i bought this and modified the speed ring for use with my Broncolor strobes. It worked very well and is a nice tool when i don't want to bring my Para.
                          The Rotalux is well made and folds down like an umbrella. I has a two cloth design, so you can choose if you want soft or extra soft look, thanks to Elinchroms design you also can use this almost as an large beutydish. It comes with the best softboxbag i have seen so far!

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                          5.0

                          Perfect

                          By Irmantas

                          from Dublin, Ireland

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                            There is not much to say about this box, it's simply beautiful light. It's a big soft box and it does great job.
                            Having the size in mind it wasn't too difficult to assemble it, but you might need a second pear of hands to help you with it.

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                            5.0

                            Superb light modifier

                            By David N

                            from Melbourne, Australia

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                              This is a huge step up from my little Elinchrom Portalites, so soft, so even. Love the design, two layers of diffusers as well as a white deflector for the flash tube in the middle. This soft box is well constructed, versatile and easy to set up once you have practiced it a couple of times.

                              There are so many ways this large soft box can be used it is amazing. Make sure you have counter weight because it is not really light once set up and sandbag on the light stand. Like many other Elinchrom soft boxes, this Rotalux comes with a custom carry bag which is fantastic.

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                              5.0

                              Very impressed

                              By Lono

                              from Portland, OR

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • HUGE
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                                Very well made, and reliable modifier. The light is super soft and even, it's honestly hard to use wrong. Set up and tear down are not so bad considering how huge this thing is. The included case is also very nice. I've used it in the studio, and taken it up the sides of mountains, and it's held up great. Be sure to have a big assistant holding it if using it in the wind.

                                All in all, a great deal for the price.

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                                4.0

                                Soft Light

                                By Jimmy

                                from Seattle

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Hard to set up

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                                Hugh soft box that gives the best light.
                                Difficult to set up because it is so big and difficult to place on the light but very good soft box.

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                                5.0

                                Super even light

                                By Images by L.DiMarco

                                from South Fl.

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent

                                Cons

                                • Large

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Elinchrom Rotalux Octa Softbox (69"):

                                The quality of light is very soft and even.
                                Its very large which makes a little hard to deal with,but it is definitely worth it.

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